How to setup a Static IP Address in Windows 10

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Static IP Address in Windows 10

Learn how to setup a Static IP Address in Windows 10. If you’re planning on forwarding ports, your computer will need a Static IP Address to work every time you reboot the computer.

Basically, IP Address is a four sets of numbers that are separated by periods that allow computers to identify each other. Every computer on any network has at least one IP Address. Two computers on the same network should never have the same IP Address.

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Prerequisite

First you need to copy the necessary information from your computer. All the information will be viewed in Command Prompt.

  1. Open Command Prompt by pressing Windows key, type cmd and press Enter.
  2. Type ipconfig /all and press Enter.
  3. From the information listed, write down the following on a separate note:
    • IPv4 Address
    • Subnet Mask
    • Default Gateway
    • DNS Servers
  4. Type Exit and press Enter to close Command Prompt window.

Keep these information, you’ll need them in the following steps.

Setup a Static IP Address in Windows 10

Here’s the step by step to setup a Static IP address in Windows 10. You’ll start by opening the Control Panel window.

  1. Open Control Panel by pressing Windows key, type Control Panel and press Enter.
  2. Select Network and Internet menu.
  3. Select View network status and tasks.
  4. Under Access type, click on the connection name.
  5. In a new windows, select Properties.
  6. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  7. Click Properties.
  8. Under General tab, you should see a dot in the circle next to Obtain an IP address automatically.
    • If not, your Windows 10 computer already setup for a static IP address. You can close the window and you don’t have to do anything.
  9. Click on the circle next to Use the following IP address, enter the new IP address. It should be similar to your router’s IP address but the end number must be different.
    • Example: If your router IP address is 192.168.1.1, you can enter 192.168.1.2.The new IP address should end between the number 1 to 254 and must be different from router’s IP address and other device.
    • Important! every device must have different IP address. Otherwise, neither device will be able to connect to the internet because of IP address conflict.
  10. Now, enter the IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and the DNS servers you copied.
  11. Click OK to save the changes.

Done, your Windows 10 computer should use a Static IP Address and can be configured for port forwarding.

Conclusion

Once you complete the setup, your computer is ready for port forwarding — if you plan to, or any activity required static IP address.

If you encounter any issue, let me know in the comment below.

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